Earlier this month, Australian cricketer Brett Lee joined New South Wales Minister for Sport and recreation, Gabrielle Upton, young cricketers from Mosman Cricket Club and ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Chief Executive John Harnden to mark the official 500 days until the start of the tournament on the historic Sydney tall ship, Southern Swan.
The ICC Cricket World Cup is being jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand and will take place from 14 February to 29 March 2015.
Mr Harnden said preparations for the tournament, one of the biggest events in international sport, were on track with ticket information to be released next month.
"Sydney Harbour is an iconic Australian landmark that so many people around the world relate to,” Mr Harnden said, “and we expect to welcome fans here from all over the world in 2015.
"A combination of New South Wales’ great tourist destinations and the world’s best cricketers is guaranteed to attract people from around the world to Sydney,” Mr Harnden said, “as well as a billion more on television.
"We know locals around New South Wales will be turning out in large numbers and I’m sure they’ll provide their usual friendly welcome to visiting fans."
A total of 49 matches will be played in the 44-day tournament across 14 venues in the two countries as the best cricketers push their skills and endurance to the limits for the ultimate prize. Sydney will stage five of these matches; three pool matches a quarter-final and a semi-final.
|Friday 27 February 2015:||South Africa v West Indies|
|Sunday 8 March 2015:||Australia v Sri Lanka|
|Friday 13 March 2015:||England v Afghanistan|
|Wednesday 18 March 2015:||Quarter-Final|
|Thursday 26 March 2015:||Semi-Final|
"We want as many fans as possible to be a part of this event and with such diverse communities Sydney, we’ll be working hard over the next 500 days to ensure everyone has a team to follow and that they can attend a match to play their part in 2015," Mr Harnden said.
Brett Lee said that he was looking forward to Sydney showing the world what a great event they can put on.
"This is a once in a generation opportunity for fans and families to experience the magic of the ICC Cricket World Cup. I’m really looking forward to both Sydney and Australia making the 2015 summer one that inspires young cricketers and provides lasting memories."
Full ticketing details will be announced in November, but fans are encouraged to register at www.cricketworldcup.com to secure access to pre-sales for all ICC Cricket World Cup matches, including the finals series.